Scotland’s Further and Higher Education sector has an excellent reputation the world over. I started my education at the community college, where I struggled with most of my classes in the first year as the educational system was different than the one I was used to. I joined clubs and other organizations at the college to know more about the medical careers.
The extended truth is that university studies often reduce a person’s quality of life – not only in the short-term of earning that degree but also in the long run – via lost earnings from foregone full-time work experience and a fruitless job search during and after college seeking to utilize one’s education.
I would argue that this system is in fact the public sphere that we all exist in and contribute to and that journalists, as well as politicians, PR professionals and especially the public, all have their place in it – let’s just all get on with our jobs and put the parochial one-dimensional arguments to bed.
If you haven’t achieved this level of education and feel like it’s holding you back, you can do something about it. If you have a job, furthering your education through evening classes or online university training can be difficult to balance but it can be done.
Education need not be purely academic and may include reading for leisure or as a passion for literature, philosophy, art, politics, economics, or even scientific research. In fact, many people who have had to abandon their pursuit of a degree for one reason or another have been able to go back to school online and finally complete their studies, earning the degrees they had already worked so hard for.